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Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  139 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Side-splittingly funny, spine-chillingly spooky, this companion to a Newbery Honor–winning anthology The Dark Thirty is filled with bad characters who know exactly how to charm.

From the author's note that takes us back to McKissack's own childhood when she would listen to stories told on her front porch... to the captivating introductions to each tale, in which the storyt
Published December 4th 2007 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published August 22nd 2006)
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Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Late elementary

Format: Audio Book (Unabridged)

Awards: ALA Notable Books for Children (2007), Notable Books of the English Language Arts (2007)

This collection of trickster tales, inspired by African American oral traditions, are recreated by the author, who remembers the tales being told years ago on her grandparents front porch. The book is read by three African American narrators, two female and one male, who create colorful and lively representational
Jessica LeBaron

Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters
Patricia C. McKissack
This chapter book is full of fictional stories that are based on the stories the author was told by her elders. The stories are written so that they embody the myths, legends, heroes, and spiritual and social beliefs of the African American culture. Each “porch lie” is about a character that is clever and witty, and not the best person, but the stories are spun so that they are entertaining and memorable.
Michaela George
Critique:This book hold a collection of different tales all comprised into one book. These tales incorporate the author’s perspective to how the tales were told, but then goes into further detail of the story. This is a captivating book that hooks the reader into the tales. The story includes humor, wit and a little bit of life lessons learned along the way. The Tales all have a meaning behind it and a lesson to be learned in the end. These are great types of books that you can read in your clas ...more
Alex Daniels
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore
Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters is a book full of a collection of stories the author's grandparents told about the past. Many of them may be true or they may just be tall-tales. The tales are mostly about african american people, and they hold a little bit of history in them. Some of them are really humorous. I think this is a good book for 5th grade and up, or it would be great for parents and kids to read at night as a family. Some of it was confusing for ...more
Anna Larson
This book is a collection of short stories based on the myths, legends and historical figures that appear in the African American oral tradition. The book allows readers to think about the tales they may know that were handed down in their families through generations. The book goes through many different peoples stories and shows that not everyone will have the same experiences even if they are from the same culture. The book has a prominent theme of relationships, whether it is family, friends ...more
Tom Franklin
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a somewhat tricky book to rate. On the one hand, I love good storytelling through different voices in an audio book. The readers for "Porch Lies" do a wonderful job giving distinct personalities to each of the parts they voice. McKissack's stories of tricksters and other colorful characters are each fun, with dips & dives & twists & turns. In short, they're each well read and fun to listen to.

The downside, for me, was in the writing of some of these stories. The stories had m
Mallori Allphin
Patricia C. McKissack’s collection of entertaining short stories about “porch lies”, or tall tales filled with exaggeration told from various people from her past, are gathered into this charming and thoroughly entertaining book. Each rendition is introduced in first person from the way the author remembers it being told, and then takes off into the tale itself. These stories are humorous and witty, and are sure to have any reader hooked. This book could be used in the classroom for several diff ...more
Wholly original and definitely filling in a gap between more traditional trickster tales of the south like Uncle Remus' Tales and more modern-day fare. The more modern setting is very clear and the illustrations really accentuate the unique flavor of the stting and storytelling. I had no idea these were an outgrowth and continuation of "The Dark Thirty." I love how she sets up her characters and setting and builds suspense for each very believable tall tale!! They also have an urban legend type ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whippoorwills, lightning bugs, and homemade peace ice cream trigger memories of my childhood summers spent at my grandparents' house in Nashville, Tennessee....Skipping up five steps placed me in my favorite spot—the porch swing. There I could read for hours or listen to someone tell a story about sneaky foxes or things that went bump in the night.

"Pete Bruce was the worst somebody who ever stood in shoes."

"Ma'am, I do believe you got Miz Opal Mary beat by a country mile."

"Boy, don't you know yo
This is a collection of short stories, or Porch Lies, which the author created based on the tall tales she heard as a child. Each story is engaging, most are funny and all were unique (at least to me!)My favorite was Aunt Gran and the Outlaws- a tale which features a surprisingly cunning old woman who comes face to face with Frank and Jesse James. This book would make great bedtime reading stretched out over a few days. And the audio makes for great family listening.
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Patricia C. McKissack was the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of The Dark-Thirty and Porch Lies an ALA Notable Book. She collaborated with Jerry Pinkney on Goin' Someplace Special (Coretta Scott King Award winner) and Mirandy and Brother Wind (Coretta Scott King Award winner and Caldecott Honor Book).
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